Uggah (centre) flanked by Local Government and Housing Minister Datuk Seri Dr Sim Kui Hian (left) and Corporate Affairs & UKAS Assistant Minister Abdullah Saidol at a press conference at Old DUN building.


KUCHING: The Sarawak Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) will announce its stance on inter-state travel once it receives an official notice from the federal government, said Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas.

Earlier yesterday, Senior Minister (Security Cluster) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob announced that inter-state travel would not be allowed during the conditional movement control order (CMCO) period.

“We have not received official information on this, but we really support this policy,” said Uggah, who is also SDMC chairman, yesterday.

However, he pointed out that some Sarawakians might have to come back to Sarawak due to certain circumstances.

“This morning, we were told there were 3,742 Sarawakians who have booked their flights to come back to Kuching.

“We were asked if we welcome them back or not. We do welcome them back, but they have to comply with our quarantine requirements,” he said.

Uggah said SDMC had also decided that Sarawakians arriving from overseas and transiting at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport or Kota Kinabalu International Airport would not be required to apply for a permit from the police.

“However, they have to apply to SDMC online and they will be quarantined for 14 days,” said Uggah, who is also SDMC chairman.